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Oscars 2012: 'Fantastic Flying Books' wins for animated short film

February 26, 2012 |  7:46 pm

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” a 15-minute film about a man who cares for a library of lively books, won the Academy Award for animated short film on Sunday night.

The making of “Morris Lessmore,” which is Moonbot Studio’s first film, was a hybrid of stop motion with miniatures, computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

The award went to writer-director William Joyce, who previously worked for Pixar, and co-director Brandon Oldenburg. Joyce also penned the DreamWorks feature “Rise of the Guardians,” which comes out in November 2012.

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“Morris Lessmore” competed against fellow Oscar nominees “Dimanche,” “La Luna,” “A Morning Stroll” and “Wild Life.” The shorts are available as a set on iTunes for $6.99 (with the exception of “La Luna,” as it will screen in front of 2012 Pixar feature “Brave”).

The 84th Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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Photo: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." Credit: Moonbot Studios.